Why it’s time to embrace Cosmic Consciousness as our new paradigm for reality
What is a Cosmic Magician?
The short answer is “you are”.
In fact, we are all “Cosmic Magicians”. The vast majority of us, however, are unconscious of this reality. We are unconscious of the reality that we are co-creating every moment of every day.
There is an old Zen proverb (attributed to Linji Yixuan in the year 866) that says “If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him.”
Yixuan wasn’t suggesting that any of his students literally hunt down the Buddha and kill him; rather, he was imploring his students to kill the idea that enlightenment is something to look for outside of oneself.
Most spiritual development is like that. It’s about killing your misconceptions, your misperceptions, your delusions, which, once all that “killing” is finished, the veil becomes dissolved, and you experience reality the way William Blake described it in this line from “The Marriage of Heaven & Hell”:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.”
Such is the case with the Way of the Cosmic Magician. Like all spiritual practices, the journey is an inward one and the destination is the infinite you.
For the longer answer of “what is a Cosmic Magician?”, you’ll need to read my book due to come out in the Spring (of 2022).
However, if you do more than simply read the words on the pages and take the time to practice the methods developed within the Seven Stages of Spiritual Development (summarized here) adopted from the lessons of legendary Twentieth-Century spiritual alchemist Paul Foster Case, you will be capable of a lot more than simply defining terms.
You’ll have the capacity to experience and embody the sublimely divine power inherent within the archetype of the Cosmic Magician.
In the meantime, let me offer up a definition to help structure your way forward.
A Cosmic Magician is a being who has realized and adopted body and mind to the ultimate reality of cosmic consciousness.
And what, pray tell, is cosmic consciousness?
I’d be willing to bet the Milky Way galaxy (if it were mine to wager) that we have all had at least a glimpse or two of what many in the spiritual community call “cosmic consciousness”.
Yogapedia.com defines cosmic consciousness as “a term often used to denote a higher or particularly spiritual level of awareness and consciousness…associated with an experience of knowing God or of transcending the five senses and finding a hidden consciousness or reality that is beyond the [three-dimensional] world.”
Examples of such experiences vary widely, some more profound, and life-changing than others. On the more mundane end of the spectrum consider those times when you were thinking about someone who you hadn’t talked to in a long time and suddenly that person is calling you on the phone. Coincidence, or a moment of spontaneous telepathy?
Compare that to something much more awe-inspiring like the accounts of Hindu Ascetics who regularly transcend biological imperatives like eating, drinking, sleeping, and even gravity!
Consider the fascinating story told by Paramhansa Yogananda in his book Scientific Healing Affirmations about “a noted fakir by the name of Sadhu Haridas [who was, in 1847] buried underground in a controlled experiment at the order of Maharajah Ranjit Singh of Punjab.”
Spoiler alert: he survived underground without food or water for forty days.
Transcendental experiences are so common we have a slew of vocabulary words and phrases to describe them. Words like “Deja-vu”, “epiphany”, “mystical”, “paranormal”, “agape”, “spirit”, “soul”, “kundalini awakening”, “near-death experience”, “Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)”, “astral projection”, and so on.
Despite the universality of paranormal or transcendent experiences, most of us have been raised to believe that we live in a solid three-dimensional world and that nothing exists outside of what can be physically sensed or measured.
This has been the mainstream view of reality in the Western world since the middle of the twentieth century but was born much earlier during the Enlightenment, or the Age of Reason, 1685–1815, and included such influential, luminary thinkers as Sir Isaac Newton and John Locke.
This belief system that assumes the primacy of the physical world and ignores or even denies the power of consciousness and spirituality has been classified as “materialism”, “scientism”, or (putting the two together) “scientific materialism.”
Materialism usually goes together with another mode of thinking that runs counter to Cosmic Consciousness, and that is “duality consciousness”, or “dualism”. This philosophy can be traced back as far as Plato (427–247 BCE) but had its largest influential boost when French philosopher Renee Descartes wrote the powerfully-popular phrase “cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am).
The concept of dualism is difficult to paraphrase in a sentence, but in general, it’s the notion that the body is separate from the mind, the material is separate from the immaterial, and neither can influence the other.
These two modes of thinking (materialism and dualism) represent the mainstream of thought in modern and contemporary Western culture. Scientists, doctors, and academics in general that venture beyond the orthodoxy of materialism often find their theories labeled as “pseudo-science” and are ridiculed, and marginalized.
Just ask Rupert Sheldrake who once had his TED Talk banned for daring to suggest that mainstream science is ruled over by a close-minded fundamentalist regime that squelches any ideas that run counter to a materialist doctrine.
“As Terence McKenna observed,” said Sheldrake speaking of the big bang theory (the actual theory, not the show) “Modern science is based on the principle: ‘Give us one free miracle and we’ll explain the rest.’ “The one free miracle is the appearance of all the mass and energy in the universe and all the laws that govern it in a single instant from nothing.”
The elephant in the room for materialists has always been the “problem of consciousness”, which is a shame that consciousness — essentially life! is a problem for them. They so badly want a clockwork universe, mechanically orchestrated, with all its laws in place, infallible, with one elegant, unified theory to explain it all.
Sorry, guys, Cosmic Consciousness cannot be contained by such a limited perspective. The realized Cosmic Magicians throughout history have demonstrated when it comes to the Mind, the only limit is the imagination; the only time is infinity.
Despite the reign of scientific materialism in mainstream science, quantum physics has been providing evidence since the mid-twentieth century that completely refutes materialist doctrine.
According to quantum physics 99.99999…% of what is considered physical, ordinary matter is empty space. Consider this passage from Robert Lanza’s excellent book Biocentrism:
“What about if you touch something? Isn’t it solid? Push on the trunk of the fallen tree and you feel pressure. But this too is a sensation strictly inside your brain and only ‘projected’ to your fingers, whose existence also lies within the mind.
“Charges of the same type repel each other, so the bark’s electrons repel yours, and you feel this electrical repulsive force stopping your fingers from penetrating any further. Nothing solid ever meets any other solids when you push on a tree.
“The atoms in your fingers are each as empty as a vacant football stadium in which a single fly sits on the fifty-yard line. If we needed solids to stop us (rather than energy fields), our fingers could easily penetrate the tree as if we were swiping at fog.” (22)
Essentially what quantum physics has revealed is what mystics have been saying for centuries (millennia, in fact), that what we know of the physical world isn’t physical at all. It only appears that way.
Like the Lanza quote above asserts, what appears to be a physical object is simply a field of different frequencies or densities. The sensation of touch itself is the sensation of resistance between those energetic fields.
Our brains interpret those electromagnetic fields as forms shapes and colors and all the other sensory qualities that come with perception, but in truth, there is no objective color outside of our brains, nor is anything we see the way it is outside of our mind.
More from Lanza: “The ‘outside world’ is, therefore, located within the brain or mind. … Touch, too occurs only within consciousness or the mind. Every aspect [of any object’s] existence on every level, is not outside of one’s being. The real mind-twister to all this is that… consciousness extends indefinitely to all that is cognized.”
Let me remind you that Robert Lanza is not a Yogi or a mystic. Lanza is a medical doctor and a scientist, as well as a professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
His book, in many ways, offers a scientific explanation for the fundamental primacy of consciousness, or, what I’m calling here, Cosmic Consciousness. He is one of those uncommon scientists who has gone where the science has taken him and in doing so, has effectively abandoned materialism and duality as acceptable modes of reality navigation.
So, a Cosmic Magician is a being who realizes that reality is inherently non-dual, and that the universe is alive with consciousness, that there are no boundaries to the mind, because the mind IS the universe, and the universe is the mind; all apparently physical phenomena (from rocks to human bodies to planets) are composed of low-density vibrations translated by the human mind to appear physical.
Furthermore, the self-realized Cosmic Magician has embodied all the principles of thought creation; the most vital of these principles is the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind.
Like the Magician in the Tarot deck, when we make an affirmation — either consciously or unconsciously — we are casting a spell. It is the job of the subconscious (as symbolized by the High Priestess) to create the circumstances for that spell to manifest into reality.
Thus, the Cosmic Magician knows that all true power resides in the imagination.
As the Christian Mystic Neville Goddard so poetically put it, “We fashion the world that surrounds us by the intensity of our imagination and feeling, and we illuminate or darken our lives by the conception of ourselves, and especially is this true of our concept of the deep, hidden One within us.”
The Cosmic Magician is not only aware of how thoughts create reality, for the Cosmic Magician, the universe — which is the Mind — is like a blank canvas upon which he paints his masterpiece.
As Yogananda put it, “Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired.”
Once our culture wakes up to the limiting, deleterious, effects of materialism and replaces it with the new paradigm of Cosmic Consciousness, more and more teachers like Yogananda and Neville Goddard will emerge, eager and prepared to show the world the Way of the Cosmic Magician.
If you go to Gaia.com you’ll see, many of them are already doing just that.
In the meantime, here are some quotes whet your spiritual appetite for Cosmic Consciousness & the Cosmic Magician:
“…all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.” — Bill Hicks
“Nothing is greater than Cosmic Consciousness, or God. The body is materialized vibration and should be cognized as such. The consciousness of disease, decay, and death should be removed by scientific understanding of the underlying unifying laws of matter and Spirit, and of the delusive manifestation of Spirit as matter, of the Infinite as finite. Firmly believe that you are created in the image of the Father and are therefore immortal and perfect.” – Paramhansa Yogananda
“Cosmic Consciousness, then, isn’t just real — it’s totally necessary. It rescues physics and science in general from a dead-end — the total inability to create mind out of matter — and gives it a fresh avenue of investigation.” — Deepak Chopra
“By elevating the level of our awareness, we can access and retain the unlimited power of our being, and every one of us can create miracles that heal and inspire our lives.” ― Mark Mincolla, PhD
“I believe that the mind is the last planet that’s left unexplored — Achieving the universal or cosmic consciousness is the highest goal to mankind.” ― Mwanandeke Kindembo
“We are the embodiment of cosmic consciousness that lives life eternal.” — Wald Wassermann
“We are that drop in the ocean of the cosmos which contains within itself the entire cosmos.” ― Theodore J. Nottingham
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are an ocean in a single drop.” — Rumi